Can you drink the tap water in Bhutan?
In general, no.
The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Bhutan (source).
Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.
The most commonly searched cities in Bhutan are:
For a full list of cities in Bhutan, scroll to the bottom of this post or click here.
World Health Organization Bhutan Water Summary
The World Health Organization estimates that 97 percent of Bhutan have access to tap water.
In 2000, 29% of the population had access to drinkable, tap water on site, and 83% within an accessible distance, including both rural and urban areas.
In Bhutan, like in most countries, clean tap water availability is much higher in urban areas than in rural areas, with urban area availability averages at 49% and rural availability figures at 28%.
World Health Organization's 2017 Bhutan Water Data
The World Health Organization data on water quality and availability throughout Bhutan includes the national average, averages for urban population centers, and averages for rural areas.
|Safely Managed||A location that safe, drinkable water that is free of biological or chemical contaminants available on premise.|
|At Least Basic||Safe drinkable water is available within 30 minutes from the location|
|Limited||It would take more than 30 minutes from the location to access safe, drinkable water.|
|Year||Population in 1000s||Safely managed||At Least Basic||Limited|
How Do People In Bhutan Rate The Water?
Travelers and residents of Bhutan have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data.
A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.
|Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility||36%||Moderate|
|Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility||64%||Moderate|